Memorial service for Ben Elmer DeKinder, age 69, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2005, in the First Presbyterian Church, in Chickasha. Rev. Barbara Hunt, pastor of the church, officiated.
Ben Elmer DeKinder was born the son of William Edward DeKinder and Bernetta Bernice Petree DeKinder on December 8, 1935, in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He died on February 24, 2005, in Chickasha of liver cancer.
He married JoAnn Clement on April 13, 1960, in Chickasha. Ben was a lifetime resident of Chickasha. He joined the United States Naval Reserve in 1954, and retired after thirty years and nine months as a Master Chief Radioman.
In 1966, Ben established a FM radio station, KNDR. Seven years later, he sold the radio station and began working for Combined Area Telephone Directory in Oklahoma City. After several years, the business folded and Ben went back to college to obtain his degree. In the Spring of 1991, he earned a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
During this time, he delivered the Daily Oklahoman newspaper seven mornings a week, continuing until June of 2002. After graduation, he went to work at USAO in payroll and accounts receivables. He retired last year after thirteen years.
Ben was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church. He was very involved in the community serving a two year term on the Chickasha City Council, volunteer for Chickasha Auxiliary Police, member of the Chickasha Optimist Club and past Civil Defense Director.
He was preceded in death by his father, and one son, Ben Clement DeKinder. Survivors include wife, JoAnn DeKinder of Chickasha; daughter, Mary Hampton of Chickasha; daughter and son-in-law, JoLyn and Rex Clifton of Chickasha; mother, Bernetta DeKinder of Chickasha; sister and brother-in-law, Billie Marie and Bob Hayes of Chickasha; granddaughter, Keri Anne DeKinder of Chickasha; grandson and wife, Tim & Amanda DeKinder of Chickasha; granddaughter, Erica Ann Heath of Chickasha; granddaughter, Sarah Poynor of Chickasha; and many loving family members.
Service was under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.